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Determining COVID-19 activity level in our local communities
COVID-19 remains very contagious and most people in Wisconsin are still at risk of getting sick from the virus. To evolve from Badger Bounce Back's state-wide focus and to continue to provide local communities the resources they need to respond to COVID-19, we are shifting to assessing COVID-19 indicators in Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) regions and counties.
What are these data?
The dashboards below contain COVID-19 disease activity (epidemic surveillance) and hospital capacity data by both HERC region and county in Wisconsin. You can see definitions of these COVID-19 indicators—like cases, testing, and illness—by hovering over the dashboard, or by viewing the "understanding our data" and "about our data" accordions under the charts. The data present a lot of different information that can be filtered by region or county and used for local decision making. DHS continues to add data and updates to this page in order to support local decision making.
Local and tribal health departments can use these data, along with other local data and context, to help understand the COVID-19 activity in a county or HERC region of the state. This information can help inform individual residents, as well as local leaders of business and other institutions about the spread of COVID-19 and what actions they may choose to take to protect themselves and limit the spread. We strongly encourage members of the public to visit their local or tribal health department websites for additional information and recommendations for local action and decisions.
Curious about how these metrics guide local decision-making? See our Slowing the Spread of COVID-19: Mitigation Strategies for Wisconsin Communities (PDF) for more information on using disease activity and hospital capacity metrics.
Why is DHS sharing these data?
At the request of our local public health partners, and in recognition that local decisions drive our response efforts, we are adding tools and metrics to address COVID-19. The data in these dashboards can help communities and individuals assess their COVID-19 activity level and response. Please remember that the virus has not changed; when you physically distance, wear a cloth face covering, limit your social interactions and trips, and wash your hands, you are practicing the best health measures to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.
We plan to update our data each Wednesday by 5 p.m.
How can I download DHS COVID-19 data?
All DHS COVID-19 data is available for download directly from the chart on the page. You can click on the chart and then click "Download" at the bottom of the chart (gray bar).
To download our data visit one of the following links:
- State data
- County data
- Census tract data
- Municipality data
- School district data
- Zip code data
- Disease activity and hospital capacity data
- Testing sites
You can find more instructions on how to download COVID-19 data or access archived spatial data by visiting our FAQ page. The data dictionary (PDF) provides more information about the different elements available in the data above.